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Ever watch a flower bloom?

Today it is my pleasure and honor to have my husband, Luis Tarango, as guest blogger. Luis is a talented writer with a wonderful imagination–I’m jealous! Luis also has a unique ability to see things in a different way. As Luis observed flowers in our living room just a few days ago, he remembered our word for the year, “Growth.” He told me about his observations and sat down to write, “Ever watched a flower bloom?” Enjoy and be blessed!

 

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Ever watch a flower bloom?

By Luis B. Tarango

 

Ever watch a flower bloom?

 

Why would I ask such a thing? What is so special about a flower blooming–other than flowers are pretty and sometimes smell good?

 

Seriously, ever watch a flower bloom?

 

It takes just a few days. Progressively, the plant begins to bud. Slowly, ever so slowly, the bud opens. The bud blooms into something…well, something spectacular.

 

Have you ever watched a flower bloom?

 

God in all His infinite wisdom, the Great Artist, has given the flower one shot at putting forth its best effort, one shot at showing the world what it is capable of.

 

Never to bloom again, the single bud opens to reveal the wonderful abundance of beauty it contains inside.

 

Knowing that it has only one chance at stardom, the young bud doesn’t waste time worrying about its past. It does not ever say…

  • “I can’t do this; it’s too hard.”
  • “I don’t like this vase I’m in.”
  • “Maybe if He had planted me right in the first place.”
  • “This garden does not suit me.”
  • “I’m just going to die when I am done–why bother?”

 

With only one chance, the bud releases perfection upon the earth. It comes forth with such stunning beauty–never once with the worry of what tomorrow is going to bring. In this brief moment, it gives maximum effort!

 

From the palette of a genius, the colors leap out exalting praise and perfuming the air with such sweet aromas. It’s as if the rest of creation pauses to take notice of this magnificent symphony of eye-pleasing splendor. Without complaints, worries, doubts, fears or excuses… the transformation from bud to flower is complete.

 

 

Slowly the stem curves, and the dry petals begin to take their place one by one on the ground. With every trace of life gone from its body, nothing more left to give, it rests peacefully. Given only one chance to shine, it did so with the utmost exertion.

 

Have you ever seen a flower bloom?

 

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Come alongside…Are you taking advantage of your one chance to bloom? How? If not, what can you do to change that? What first step can you take? How can you share this post with someone who is not blooming?

 

(Remember… January is book giveaway month. The more you comment below, the more chances you have to win a copy of my new book, Women of the Secret Place.)

Word of the Year: 2012

For the past several years, I’ve meditated on a word for that specific year.

 

  • One year, it was freedom.
  • Another year, it was grace.
  • And another year, it was trust.

 

For 2012, my word is GROWTH. Yep, that’s what I feel God is speaking into my spirit. The year 2012 will be a year of growth for me, my family, our business, my life. I am excited!

 

 

 

“Grow and experience the joy of your faith…” (Philippians 1:25).

 

 

Come alongside….What is your word for 2012?

 

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